Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning

December 6, 2018

The basic idea for being green when you clean is to be environmentally friendly and have less of an effect on human health than with traditional cleaning products. Using green-cleaning products and natural cleaners offer a safe and non-toxic way to clean your home. From cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, windows and more, green cleaning uses …

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Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

November 19, 2018

Energy-efficient water heaters save not only energy, they save money too. There are different types water heaters, ranging from tankless/on-demand water heaters to conventional ones that encompass an insulated storage tank. Even solar-powered models are available. Here are four quick tips for saving energy with your home’s water heater: Evaluate the best fuel type and …

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Save Energy in Your Kitchen

Save Energy in Your Kitchen

October 5, 2018

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It also uses the most energy in the home. From large to small kitchen appliances, they all take energy to run. Let’s look at a few simple ways to save energy in the kitchen:Refrigerator/Freezer: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average refrigerator costs $90 …

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Lower Your Utility Bills

Lower Your Utility Bills

September 19, 2018

Here are the top five tips for lowering your heating and cooling bills: 1. By just having a programmable thermostat (not necessarily a smart one), you can get significant annual cost savings. 2. Adjust the thermostat up or down, depending on the season, when you aren’t at home. 3. Try raising or lowering the temperature …

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Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

August 16, 2018

Are you looking for a way to save on your monthly energy bill? Look no further than your appliances! Because new, energy-efficient appliances use less energy than older appliances, they can save you hundreds of dollars each year on electricity bills. Reports show that Energy Star® appliances on average save 30% on electricity costs. Here …

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

July 20, 2018

Only wash full loads of laundry. For front-load washers, a whole load is when the drum is 75-percent full of clothes.  Use cold water instead of hot or warm water. ENERGY STAR estimates that heating water uses 90 percent of the energy used when doing a load of laundry.  Remove lint from the dryer lint …

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Three Green Gardening Tips

Three Green Gardening Tips

June 22, 2018

1. Smart Watering–There are a variety of ways to save water in the garden. One of the top ways is to water plants in the morning so that less water will be lost to evaporation. Another way is to put down compost and mulch so that more water will be retained. 2. Composting–A compost bin …

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6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

May 22, 2018

Use a low-flow showerhead. This simple DIY project can significantly reduce water usage, sometimes even up to 70 percent. Install a tap aerator. This device is inexpensive and can greatly reduce the flow of water yet still maintain (or improve) the water pressure. Ensure that there aren’t any leaks in the bathroom. Dripping faucets and …

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Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

May 1, 2018

Shred any unwanted documents with personal information & recycle: Tax documents (7 years or older) Old Bank Statements Old Medical Records Canceled or Blank Checks Credit Card Statements Personal Bills Alpine Bank is hosting free community shred days in 14 locations across Colorado during 2018. Additional information: Staples & paperclips do not need to be …

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Three Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill

Three Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill

March 13, 2018

Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use. Unplug all charging devices when not in use. Cell phone chargers draw a surprising amount of power when plugged in, even though your phone is not attached. Reduce energy use from 30% to 80% with energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.   Green tips …

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